We all need a Savior

EdenAdam & Eve are tempted

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Eve said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The first sin

When Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, Adam, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Guilt followed sin

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Adam answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

God said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Adam blamed Eve for his sin

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Eve blamed the serpent for her sin

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

God punished the serpent, and promised a Savior for all people

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

And I will put enmity (hostility) between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he (Jesus) will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

God punished Eve

To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

God punished Adam

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

God still loved Adam and Eve even after they sinned

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

God protected Adam and Eve from living forever in their sinful bodies

And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”  So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Edited verses & excerpts taken from Genesis 3

Sin and salvation:

Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.

Through the disobedience of the one man, Adam, the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man, Jesus Christ, the many will be made righteous.

Edited verses & excerpts taken from Romans 5:12-25

About Living Hope Church

We are a WELS Lutheran Church located in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Millard area. We invite you to learn with us about Jesus Christ, the son of God, our Savior. We provide child care and preschool education through Our Precious Lambs.
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